The Best Golf Courses in the Greater Bay Area

The Best Golf Courses in the Greater Bay Area

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Robert Kaufman

Robert Kaufman is an internationally published golf & travel writer and award-winning photographer with an observant eye and insightful journalistic style that has guided him around the world, including all 50 states...and playing golf in 24 countries! During his entrepreneurial career, Robert founded Northern California’s first monthly golf publication and was instrumental in directing Visit California’s golf marketing initiative to raise global awareness for the state as a top-tier golf destination. His work can be viewed at Picture PARfect.

The big-ticket landscape of the greater Bay Area, from bustling cosmopolitan cities to quiet coastal communities, has been gifted with an exceptionally diverse collection of communal golf courses layered with a rich frosting of history, from the architects who conceived them to some of the greatest wizards of the links, including Johnny Miller and Ken Venturi, who honed their skills on the sidehill, uphill, and downhill lies around the doglegged fairways. Whether a local or visitor, there’s a golf challenge to suit any size wallet.

The following is a curated list of the best public golf courses in the Greater Bay Area — including Napa Valley and Sonoma County Wine Country.

Feature Photo: Half Moon Bay Golf Links by Robert Kaufman

San Francisco

The best courses in the City by the Bay.
A scenic view of one of the best golf courses San Francisco boasts, with green fairways, sand bunkers, and tall trees. In the background, there's a large domed building and an urban skyline under a clear blue sky. This is just one of the many things to do in the Bay Area for golfing enthusiasts.
Photo: Robert Kaufman

South Bay

Unmissable courses from Half Moon Bay to San Jose.
A luxury hotel in Half Moon Bay sits atop a rugged cliff overlooking the ocean, with waves crashing below. In the foreground, a manicured golf course with a green and sand trap is visible. A winding path leads from the golf course up to the hotel, offering the perfect coastal getaway. The sky is overcast.
Photo: Christina Glebova

East Bay

Corica Park, The Course at Wente Vineyards and more.
A scenic view of one of the best golf courses in the East Bay with neatly mowed green fairways, sand bunkers, and winding paths. A group of golfers is on the putting green in the foreground, while another group walks along the course. Hills and vineyards surround this top spot for golfing in the Bay Area.
Photo: Robert Kaufman

North Bay

The best golfing Marin County has to offer.
A scenic view of a lush golf course, perfect for golfing, features a well-manicured green surrounded by sand bunkers in the foreground. Mature trees and houses dot the landscape in the background under a blue sky with scattered clouds. It's one of the best golf courses in the greater Bay Area.
Photo: Robert Kaufman

Napa Valley

Heavenly golfing options from Yountville to American Canyon.
Aerial view of a picturesque golf course surrounded by expansive vineyards and rolling hills. One of the best golf courses in the greater Bay Area, it features lush green fairways, sand bunkers, and several water hazards, with neatly manicured paths winding through the landscape.
Photo: Courtesy of Eagle Vines Golf Course

Sonoma County

Rooster Run, The Links at Bodega Harbour and other top picks.
A lush golf course with well-manicured greens and fairways under a clear blue sky, ideal for golfing. Two golfers are visible near the flag on the green. Tall grasses and a large oak tree are in the foreground, with distant hills and trees in the background; truly one of the best golf courses Greater Bay Area has to offer.
Photo: Courtesy of Rooster Run Golf Course

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